Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another Birthday Purse

This one is for our friend, Gabby, who is turning 2 today. Hope she likes it! It's one of my gathered pouch purses which I'm thinking of renaming the "Girly Purse". What do you think?

Friday, July 23, 2010


Just a quick little post. I sewed some cute ladybug sleep shorts for myself the other day, but I really need to tweak the pattern a little. Pictures of those later. Here's a pic of the Moda Mix quilt in the yard as I attempted to sandwich the pieces together. I was going to pin it together, but then realized that I would be pinning the tarp into it as well. I really need a house with a large floor space just to make my quilts. Aaahhh, someday.....

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another Purse

Here's a little purse I whipped up on Saturday afternoon for my friend's 16 year old. Her favorite color is purple and she likes Elmo, so I had this funky fuzzy purple leopard print fabric, and some Elmo fabric leftover from a dance bag I made her a few years ago. There is an outer pocket under the flap and the strap is adjustable. I'm quite sure she loved it! Now if I could just remember the dimensions......

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Marie-Madeline Studio Blog Giveaway

So I love to frequent sewing and craft blogs. There are tons out there and I really enjoy perusing them on a daily basis, with my top 30 or so right in my Favorites folder.

However I came across marie-madeline studio today via another blog, via another blog. Funny how that happens!

Anyway, marie-madeline is giving away an awesome set of fat quarters so I of course would love to win them. (And I get 10 extra entries for posting about it here on my blog.)

So if you like fabric, check out the marie-madeline studio blog!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Yoga Mat Bags

Back in May I started taking yoga classes again. For Mother's Day Bobby & the kids got me a new yoga mat, so of course I needed a bag for it. My prototype was the blue Amy Butler fabric with the flowers. I loved it! I knew that I had to eventually make more of these to sell, hopefully at the yoga studio.
Since I have yet to make enough to sell, I figured I had better get working on my actual pattern and dimensions. The original is lacking a carrying strap. Also, the bottom needed a little more reinforcement.
Today I decided it was time to make another. This new one would be for my neighbor, Jeanne. I found a piece of fabric from JoAnn's with apples and pears and found it to be perfect. So I made the appropriate changes and gave it to her this morning. She instantly put her mat in it and had her granddaughter (my surrogate niece) model it for me. I think I'll be making lots more of these in the near future.
I'll be happy to take orders....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Back

Today I pieced together the back of the Moda Mix Quilt. I guess I made the front a little bigger than originally intended, so when I was ready to sew the 2 tree pieces together for the back, I was actually about 11 inches short. So I took the leftover paisley print from the front, cut it into 3 equal strips, and added skinny strips of scraps from the front. As you can see, the long strip is now in the dead center of the back, which Bobby and I have actually agreed looks quite nice. This is one those quilts that we can flip over and show the back if we want to mix it up a little.
Now, the hard part. I have never actually made a large quilt "the right way" which means basting the quilt sandwich together with safety pins and then machine quilting it. Once the quilting is done I will need to make and attach the binding, preferably by machine rather than by hand as my hand goes numb when I hand-sew things. I know that I have the knowledge and ability to do all of this, but it's kind of an overwhelming task since it's the biggest quilt I have made to date. And I'm not so sure my little Singer can handle all the quilting. Oh well, I have all night to ponder this task. Tomorrow is another day.

Monday, July 12, 2010

WIP- Moda Mix Quilt

Wow! 2 posts in one day already!

I just wanted to post a little teaser of a quilt that I have been working on since late fall of 2008. I did most of it at that time and it has been sitting in the closet ever since. Today, I finished the top and started working on the back. It is all Moda fabric from many of their various lines. I cannot wait for it to be done and on our bed so I can snuggle up with it. Here's a little sneak peek before it's all done.


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